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Legislators return to Capitol to vote on tornado relief funding

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers are returning to Jackson today for a special session to consider up to $20 million in state funding for tornado recovery. Twenty-three tornadoes swept through the state last week, killing 14 people and causing extensive damage in Louisville, Tupelo and other places. The special session begins at 1 p.m. today and is expected to be short. ...

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Bryant calls special session of Legislature for storm-recovery funding

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant has called the Mississippi Legislature into special session starting tomorrow to help pay state government’s share of recovery costs after the deadly April 28 tornadoes. The governor said yesterday that lawmakers will be asked to provide up to $20 million for disaster response and recovery costs through the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency. Initial estimates of ...

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Governor could call special session for tornado recovery funding

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant may call the Mississippi Legislature into special session to help pay state government’s share of tornado recovery costs. Speaking yesterday in Louisville, Bryant told reporters that the state believes that it needs at least $8.5 million to match federal aid from the April 26 tornadoes. The National Weather Service has counted 23 tornadoes that touched ...

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Officials begin looking toward post-tornado future

WINSTON COUNTY — Rescuers were still looking for people missing after last Monday’s tornado when Louisville and Winston County officials started thinking about long-term recovery. The county of 19,000 people in east Mississippi faces three major challenges — housing for hundreds left homeless, rebuilding its health care system after the twister shattered its hospital and jump-starting storm-damaged businesses. Rebuilding will ...

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Motorists reminded to watch for cleanup workers

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Relief efforts continue as the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) clears right-of-way areas affected by the recent tornadoes which hit several communities throughout the state. MDOT is reminding motorists to be aware of crews on the roadside during the recovery process and to use caution when traveling through areas where workers are present. “My deepest sympathy goes ...

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SBA disaster assistance available as death toll climbs to 14

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — U.S. Small Business Administration’s Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet says the SBA is ready to assist businesses after the announcement of the presidential disaster declaration for several counties in Mississippi affected by severe storms, tornadoes and flooding from last Monday’s storms. The disaster declaration covers the counties of Itawamba, Lee, Lowndes, Madison, Rankin, Wayne and Winston in Mississippi, which ...

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Obama declares disaster in wake of storms as death toll rises

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Seven counties in Mississippi have been declared federal disaster areas following devastation from severe storms and tornadoes that swept through the state beginning April 28. Gov. Phil Bryant requested the expedited declaration from President Obama on April 29, and Mississippi’s congressional delegation yesterday sent a letter to the president in support of the governor’s request. The counties ...

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Twenty counties see storm damage; death toll climbs to 12

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has received reports of at 12 deaths and widespread damages related to the severe weather and tornadoes that moved through the state Monday. The counties reporting storm-related deaths are as follows: Issaquena: One death. Lee: One death. Rankin: One death. Winston: Nine deaths. National Weather Service survey crews have confirmed tornadoes touched ...

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Threat continues for more severe storms

While residents across Mississippi are reeling from yesterday’s destructive tornadoes, emergency officials warn the today’s storms could bring more devastation. The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and the National Weather Service ask residents to remain weather-aware with additional severe weather expected to move through the state this afternoon through mid-evening. The National Weather Service forecast includes the threat of several modes ...

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